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LAUNDRY GUIDE — Garment defects after washing and wearing

  Some garment defects can turn out after washing or wearing. It does not necessarily imply that they are caused by wrong care procedures. As a matter of fact, the cause could derive from poor quality or inadequate finishing operations that make fabrics unsuitable for tailoring. In this article, we are going to illustrate some defects caused both by intrinsic problems of  fabrics and by issues concerning their use. We …

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WET & DRY CLEANER GUIDE – Bad smells in textiles

Sometimes a garment can be associated with something unpleasant because of how it smells. In this article we look at some of the more common causes of smells in textiles to show how they can be eliminated and/or prevented. We will begin by dividing smells in textiles into two categories, based on the causes: natural smells and chemical smells. Natural …

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Wet and Dry Cleaners’ Guide — Yellowing of garments

Who hasn’t carefully stored a pastel-colored seasonal garment only to discover later that it has developed an unsightly yellow stain? Or, gone shopping for a pair of bright white pants and discovered they have a straw-colored stain where they came into contact with the clothes hanger? The yellowing of white garments is one of the quality issues that occurs most …

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Wet&Dry Cleaners’ Guide — Color fastness

Color fastness by Roberta Binotto Whenever textiles are laundered at home or professionally, we expect their color to be unaffected by the water, organic solvents, detergent, temperature, or mechanical agitation involved in the process. We also do not expect color to bleed out and stain other articles in the same load. In general, color resistance to the action of external …

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WET E DRY CLEANER GUIDE Care labels… complicating even the simple things….

“Care” instructions, in other words the directions that must be followed in order to keep a product in good condition, is a constant challenge for textile sector operators. In fact, when dealing with care labels for clothing garments, the situation is anything but simple. Just being able to define the ideal conditions for washing, ironing, bleaching and drying the garment …

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WET & DRY CLEANERS’ GUIDE – Silk: characteristics and maintenance issues

Silk is a natural fiber of animal origin, produced by caterpillars   commonly known as “silkworms”, which are actually larvae of the Bombyx Mori moth. The Bombyx caterpillar secretes a continuous double strand of sticky raw silk from its two large salivary glands and spins it in a figure eight pattern to form the cocoon where it will transform into a …

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WET & DRY CLEANER GUIDE — Technical clothing: technology and professional care

A technical garment is defined as such because it possesses high performance qualities, primarily designed to protect the user from discomfort. Technical garments are typically used in sports, during which the wearer must be able to rely on protection from phenomena such as cold, rain, perspiration, and wind. All of which go under the name of thermophysiological comfort. How can …

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